Rugby Festival will also test World Cup transport system

Following the success of the free city-to-stadium transport offered at the first test event in the Cape Town Stadium on 23 January, the City will be offering this service again for the second test event scheduled for this Saturday, but on a larger scale.

The Rugby Festival on Saturday 6 February will see the Vodacom Stormers taking on the Boland Invitational XV for a Super 14 warm-up match. The 40 000 tickets that were made available for this match are already sold out. The 20 000 tickets for the first match in the stadium, between Santos and Ajax, were also sold out.

These events at the stadium are not only aimed at testing operational aspects of the stadium, but are also held to test Cape Town’s Transport System that is being developed for the World Cup and for stadium events after the World Cup. The free shuttle service in operation on 23 January worked extremely well, with just under a quarter of the spectators utilising the service.

As the second test event will see double the number of people flocking to the stadium, more aspects of the planned Transport System for the World Cup will be tested. This time, spectators are encouraged to utilise the Park-and- Ride facilities at the train stations in Kuils River, Grand West Casino (Goodwood), Mitchells Plain and Brackenfell where extra security will be available from 11:00 to 21:00. Parking will be free, except at Grand West Casino, where parking for the day will be R10.

Signage will guide ticket holders to the dedicated parking off Old Paarl Road at Brackenfell Station, off Van Riebeeck Road at Kuils River Station, south of the town centre at Mitchells Plain Station and off Vanguard Drive at Grand West Casino for the Goodwood Station.

The last trains to Goodwood, Kuils River and Brackenfell Stations will leave Cape Town Station at 19:15, while the last train to Mitchells Plain will leave Cape Town at 19.50. This gives spectators ample time to reach the station after the final whistle has blown.

The 24/7 toll-free Transport Information Centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for information on train departure and arrival times. Signage from the Cape Town Station will guide you to the free shuttle in Hertzog Boulevard and transport you to the stadium.

The free shuttle service will once again be available to transport spectators from Hertzog Boulevard in the City Centre to the stadium and back with buses. This service will run from 12:00 to 19:30 and only those who can present their tickets for the match will be allowed onto the buses. The City has contracted a public transport operator for the second test event drawn from operators in the inner city public transport sector. This will also allow the operators who are negotiating the operator’s contract for the World Cup to gain invaluable transport event management experience.

As with the first test event, only spectators who have purchased pre-paid parking tickets will be allowed to park at the stadium. In addition, no one may park in the surrounding neighbourhoods – Law Enforcement and Traffic Services will be out in force. Spectators can use the ample parking available on the Foreshore under the N1 Bridge, as well as any parking bays in the CBD. Security guards have again been hired for these parking areas. The shuttle hub is a convenient walking distance from the Foreshore as well as Cape Town Station, for those who decide to travel by train. Full details will be available on the City’s website www.capetown.gov.za

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Pieter Cronje; Director: Communication, City of Cape Town. Cell: 082 465 4965
Or Peter Sole, Manager: Transport Network Operations, City of Cape Town. Tel: 021 400 4735, Cell: 084 222 1462
Or Riana Scott, Marketing & Communication Manager, Metrorail. Tel, 021 449 6181, Cell: 083 284 3508

Directions and travelling times to the train stations:

Brackenfell
Where: Off Old Paarl Road, on William Dabs Street.
Number of parking bays: +/- 350
Travelling time: Approximately 1h05 (45 min. train journey, 5 min. walk to shuttle, 15 min. shuttle from Hertzog Boulevard to Stadium).
Last train to catch: 13:32 (to see curtain raiser); 14:04 (to see official match kick-off).

Goodwood
Where: Off Vanguard Drive via the Grand West Casino.
Number of parking bays: +/- 1 000
Travelling time:  Approximately 40 minutes (20 min. train journey, 5 min. to shuttle, 15 min. shuttle from Hertzog Boulevard to Stadium).
Last train to catch: 13:43 (curtain raiser); 14:53 (kick-off)

Kuils River
Where: Off Van Riebeeck Road on Station Road.
Number of parking bays: +/- 300
Travelling time:  Approximately 1h05 (45 min. train journey, 5 min. walk to shuttle, 15 min. shuttle from Hertzog Boulevard to Stadium).
Last train to catch: 13:22 (curtain raiser), 14:32 (kick-off)

Mitchells Plain
Where: West off AZ Berman Drive on 4th Avenue; East off Merrydale Avenue on Pall Mall Way.
Number of parking bays: +/- 200
Travelling time: Approximately 1h13 (53 min. train journey, 5 min. walk to shuttle, 15 min. shuttle from Hertzog Boulevard to Stadium).
Last train to catch: 13.23 (curtain raiser), 14.53 (kick-off)

*Train times are subject to change. Up-to-date information regarding time tables and fares for public transport is available 24/7 from the Transport Information Centre. Please phone the Transport Information Centre (free from a landline) on 0800 65 64 63 to check times before travelling.

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